Yes, I know that was the title of my last post. Unfortunately it still fits today, but for new reasons. As many of you know I was told I had Ovarian cancer and I underwent surgery to remove a large volleyball sized ovarian tumor as well as many other parts that resided in the abdominal cavity on February 1st. We truly thought the worst was over as I began my recovery from major abdominal surgery that left me with a 10 inch zipper and zilch for energy!
Unfortunately the pathology came back and while they do believe the cancer was contained within the tumor without spillage, they are now calling it cancer of an unknown primary source because of the tissue type. Cancer gets very complicated and is “named” based on the primary source of the cancer. Even a metastasized cancer is always called by the primary cancer source’s name. For example a man may have prostate cancer and then they find it has spread to the bones. He doesn’t now have bone cancer, but metastasized prostate cancer.
There is a reason that they call what doctors do “practicing”. The bottom line for me is that they are now searching for the “primary” source and are hedging towards a “preventative” round of chemo. My niece suggested a holistic approach as opposed to the chemo and she can rest assured that is high on my priority list, especially without definitive answers to the contrary!
So, here I am trying to heal from the surgery which isn’t exactly going well, searching for the original cancer source and praying that they don’t need to open me up again (I don’t think I could stand that) or that I will need to go through chemo! I am not a patient, sit around person to begin with and I’m already chomping at the bit even though my body is resisting my need to get busy again. So, the moral of this story is listen to your doctors, but BE YOUR best advocate. Ask questions and if you don’t like the answers ask more questions. Never hesitate to get 2nd or even 3rd opinions!